I never thought in a million years I would be so into numbers. Rewind a couple of years and I never paid attention to dollar amounts, budgeting or due dates. Everything was a constant surprise and I was barely holding it together. Luckily, I got with the program, paid off my credit cards and developed a budget.

 

Here are some fun and interesting stats from my nlog from the past year. I've also included some pretty ridiculous numbers too, like how much I spent of coffee.

Fast forward to today and who would have thought I'd be writing things like 4th quarter goals, blog stats or talking CPM (just kidding I still don't fully understand this.) I get so excited to talk numbers because they help me stay optimistic after a rough day of work.

Believe In A Budget has grown into something bigger than I thought it could be. With a little over a year under my belt and what feels like hundreds if not thousands of hours spent on this blog (and not making any money), I'm now having the best time ever.

I never thought in a million years I could quit my job and actually work for myself. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for starting this blog, which is crazy!

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested a small amount of money to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever! 

This year in numbers

Here's a bunch of random numbers that changed my life this year.

Blog

These are my numbers as of mid December and are not final for the year.

  • 1,076 Total amount of pageviews I received in the month of January 2015
  • 96,419 Total amount of pageviews I received in the month of December
  • 83,321 The number of pageviews my top blog post received
  • 2014 The year the above mentioned post debuted. Yay for evergreen content!
  •  147 Total amount of posts published in 2015. Wow, this is way more than I thought.
  • 2.48 Average time of days between posts
  • 36 How many months I signed a renewal contract with Bluehost to renew my domain and hosting. I'm all in!
  • 88% Overall leading traffic source was from Pinterest. Check out the services I offer here.

Personal

  • $197,992.91 How much it cost to keep me alive in the ICU when I got sick
  • $8,786.48 The amount I owed after my health insurance made their payments
  • $5 How much I bet on the Willy Wonka machine the first time I went to a casino
  • $813 How much money I won. Beginner's luck!
  • 10/5/15 The day I turned in my key and said goodbye to my full time job
  • $1,270 How much I spent on grabbing coffee. This is horrible. I'm embarrassed to even admit this. Please don't judge me
  • 2 How many vacations I took. This is depressing 

Side Hustles

  • $2,014.84 How much I made in side hustling thanks to mystery shopping, panel studies and surveys in my limited spare time

Freelancing

  • 90814 The number I was assigned when I opened a PO Box and my business felt official
  • 2 How many months I have been freelancing full time
  • 10 The number of months my blog has been earning an income

On the horizon

  • $43.18 The amount I spent to book my plane tickets to #FinCon16 next year. I had a voucher that was set to expire and I literally used it on the last day.
  • 1st The class I'll be flying in when using said voucher. Yippee! Bring on the free champagne. There's free champagne, right?
  • $199.40 Cost of my #FinCon16 pass (not counting the service fee)
  • $10,000 My monthly online income goal I want to achieve by the end of 2016, thanks to the Frugal Millionaire's $10K Challenge
  • 100% My level of commitment to this blog and freelance life

Biggest lesson learned

Work hard and keep hustling

I spent nearly every free moment working on Believe In A Budget this year. I said no to a lot of Happy Hours, brunches and socializing to focus on this blog. I knew if I put the time in and hustled hard, this blog would have to pay off at some point. A small part of me was skeptical, but I knew I couldn't invest so much time into something for it not to work.

The payoff has been plentiful and satisfying. Quitting my job and not having to work for someone else has been the greatest accomplishment. I am totally on board with this blog and I can't wait to see where it takes me the next 12 months.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested a small amount of money to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever! 

2015 word of the year

If I had to summarize 2015 in one word, it would be determination. I had a lot of things I wanted to accomplish personally and professionally, and I pretty much checked everything off my list. It was hard work and there were plenty of times I had to remind myself to keep going.

2016 goals

My overall goals are fairly straightforward, but complex at the same time. I think the amount of goals I have is small in number, but each goal is a little intense.

Create a product per quarter

In the first quarter I am all set to debut my ebook on mystery shops and panel studies. This will be my first product and it has been a labor of love and learning. I'm really excited to share it and this book will be geared towards people who are looking to side hustle.

I'm thrilled with how my Pinterest niche freelance business has taken me, but I want to be able to reach more people. Working with each client's account is time consuming and I can only take on so many clients at one time so I can provide the best service.

Because of this, in the second quarter I'll be switching gears and releasing a course on how to create Pin-worthy images for blogs and Pinterest, as well as how to navigate and master Pinterest. This course will be directed towards bloggers and freelancers.

Pinterest Presence Learn More

As of now, I'm not sure what the other two products will be for the third and fourth quarter. I am definitely finding that I love to teach and share, produce guides and remain creative and visual (perhaps because I loved doing these kinds of things at my old day job?)

Finalize my niche site

This got placed on the back burner this past year, which is too bad. I created a niche site back in 2007 and sadly shut it down a few years ago because of time restraints. I've hired a VA to help me get this site finished in the next few months. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money, and this will be a great investment.

I'll probably be sharing the ups and downs of this niche site on the blog next year. I'm hoping it produces some income and I plan to document the journey of what all happens with it.

Increase my passive income and hustle less

Right now I am working a ton of hours each work and love what I'm doing. But I wouldn't mind slowing down and find ways to earn the same amount of money – or preferably more – and work less. I need to work smarter, not harder.

Right now I would estimate 95% of my income is from freelancing and working for other people. I would love to get this number down to 50% by the end of the year, with half of my income coming from freelancing and half from passive income.

What are your 2016 goals? Do you have a word of the year?

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